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Zee News : Senior journalists arrested,calls it cruel attack on press freedom

New Delhi, Nov 28 (): Denying the allegation charges levelled against it, Zee News on Wednesday considered the arrest of its senior journalists as a “rough and cruel attack on the freedom of press.”

The news channel criticized the Delhi Police for taking action against its editors on behalf of Congress MP Naveen Jindal whom the channel accused of attempting to divert attention from ‘Coalgate’.

On Tuesday two editors of the Zee News were arrested by the Delhi Police based on a complaint filed by Congress MP Naveen Jindal charging the senior journalists to have obtained by threat Rs 100 crore from the Congress MP’s company in return for not airing stories connecting Jindal with Coalgate.

“Sufficient evidence was found against the two journalists-Sudhir Chaudary and Sameer Ahulwalia to have been involved with criminal conspiracy that led to the arrest of the editors,” said DCP S B S Tyagi , crime Branch on Tuesday.

The report that was submitted by the forensic department claiming the CD submitted by the Congress MP that contained audio and video recording of discussion between the editors of the news channel and Mr Jindal’s spokesperson was “not doctored”,  legal action was taken against the two editors, said the police.

Other certain evidence was also found against the Zee editors which led to their arrest, said inter-state cell of crime branch. The police also said that when the two editors were questioned, a suitable reply was not given by them. After questioning for four hours the editors were arrested on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. Police said that the two journalists will be produced at 2:00 pm on Wednesday in a Saket court.

Meanwhile, attacking the present Congress-led government, Zee News accused the government for driving the media from speaking the truth. Nov 27, 2012 will be considered as a black day in Indian history, added the Zee media.